CuratorLab

CuratorLab is a curatorial course at Konstfack University of Arts, in Stockholm, which is expanding the ideas of curating and the curatorial beyond the exhibition format, exploring radical approaches to engagement, debating pertinent issues of our times, having collective fun, and practicing horizontal learning.

  • Archeology of a Profession in Sweden

    Archeology of a Profession in Sweden

    Curating Beyond the Mainstream with Carlos Capelán, Elisabet Haglund, Gunilla Lundahl, and Jan-Erik Lundström

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    Four case studies bring to the fore decolonial and other non-hegemonic approaches to the profession of curating in Sweden from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

    Edited by CuratorLab at Konstfack University of Arts: Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Giulia Floris, Vasco Forconi, Edy Fung, Julius Lehmann, Maria Lind, Marc Navarro, Simina Neagu, Hanna Nordell, Tomek Pawłowski Jarmołajew, Marja Rautaharju, Erik Sandberg, Joanna Warsza

    Through four case studies, Archeology of a Profession in Sweden brings to the fore decolonial and other non-hegemonic approaches to the profession of curating in Sweden from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Carlos Capelán, Elisabet Haglund, Gunilla Lundahl, and Jan-Erik Lundström made their mark on art and curating of their time, at institutions such as Kulturhuset and Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm, Borås Konstmuseum and Bildmuseet in Umeå, but also through exhibitions on trains and in parks. They pioneered what today is called “social practice” and embraced art and artists from all parts of the world. This book highlights their underresearched work in presentations, essays, and interviews, accompanied by rare photographic documentation.

    • Paperback $25.00
  • Assuming Asymmetries

    Assuming Asymmetries

    Conversations on Curating Public Art Projects of the 1980s and 1990s

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    Conversations from some of the most complex and yet underresearched European and US public art exhibitions of the 1980s and 1990s.

    Edited by CuratorLab at Konstfack University of Arts: Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Giulia Floris, Vasco Forconi, Edy Fung, Julius Lehmann, Maria Lind, Marc Navarro, Simina Neagu, Hanna Nordell, Tomek Pawłowski Jarmołajew, Marja Rautaharju, Erik Sandberg, Joanna Warsza

    Assuming Asymmetries is based on the conversations between the curators and participants from some of the most complex and yet underresearched European and US public art exhibitions of the 1980s and 1990s. The discussions include and unpack such influential projects as “Culture in Action” curated by Mary Jane Jacob in 1993; “Sonsbeek 93” curated by Valerie Smith; “Endlichkeit der Freiheit,” an exhibition initiated by Heiner Müller and Rebecca Horn, on both sides of the former Berlin wall in 1990; “Construction in Process,” an artist-initiated site-specific exhibition in early 1980s Łódz, Poland; “Five Gardens” curated by Carlos Capelán in 1996 in Simrishamn and Ystad, Sweden, and “U-media” in 1987 Umeå, Sweden.

    The dialogues focus on such questions as: How does one ethically and culturally deal with asymmetries? How have the notions of situated or embedded knowledge changed over the last decades? How can artworks actually create meaning from the place where they're produced? What were the early attempts of de-monumentalizing art outside of the museums; and, finally, what actually is non-extractive curating?

    • Paperback $25.00